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Texas Board of Education votes to remove Hillary Clinton and Hellen Keller from the state’s curriculum. Trump is found to have uttered 5,000 false or misleading statements since his inauguration. Time magazine is purchased by Salesforce co-founder Marc hBenioff. The Intercept republishes an article from Think Progress about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s arguments against Roe v. Wade, after the original was suppressed from Facebook feeds. -Anoosh Gasparian, External Relations Manager
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Texas State Board of Education Votes to Erase Hillary Clinton from History Curriculum
The State Board of Education in Texas voted on Friday to eliminate several historical figures, including Hillary Clinton and Helen Keller, from the state’s social studies curriculum. The decision made by the 15-member body reportedly came as part of an overall effort to “streamline” the state’s social studies curriculum.
Trump’s Trick: He Keeps Repeating False Info
Washington Post fact-checker columnist Glenn Kessler says, now that Trump has uttered 5,000 false or misleading statements since inauguration day. “Even after it’s been repeatedly fact checked as false, he continues to say these things,” Kessler says.
Time Magazine Is Bought by Marc Benioff, Salesforce Billionaire
Time, the pre-eminent weekly newsmagazine of the 20th century, will have new owners: Marc Benioff, the billionaire co-founder of the software company Salesforce, and his wife, Lynne. “The power of Time has always been in its unique storytelling of the people & issues that affect us all & connect us all,” Mr. Benioff wrote.
NEW YORK TIMES
Facebook Suppressed a Story About Brett Kavanaugh’s Opposition to Roe V. Wade. We’re Republishing It.
Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh said he would kill Roe v. Wade last week and almost no one noticed. The story was effectively nuked from Facebook, with other outlets threatened with traffic and monetary consequences if they shared it. The story is republished below, with permission from Think Progress, though not from Facebook or the Weekly Standard.
Aung San Suu Kyi Once Championed Free Expression. Now She’s Silent as Journalists are Jailed. *PEN Case List
Aung San Suu Kyi was seen to embody the struggle for freedom against the military dictatorship in Myanmar. In 1991, she won the Nobel Peace Prize “for her non-violent struggle for democracy and human rights.” Eight years after her release, and three years after her party won power in an election, she has given her supporters reason to conclude that their belief in her was misplaced.
This Vietnamese Singer Tried to Battle State Censorship. Now She Only Performs There in Secret. *PEN Case List
In Vietnam, where the Communist Party rules with an iron fist, singer Do Nguyen Mai Khoi has used lyrics to combine themes of resistance and protest. Today it’s almost impossible for her to perform in public in Vietnam, resorting to performances overseas or at underground venues in Vietnam.
Meet the Director Suing the Government That Banned Her Lesbian Romance
Wanuri Kahiu found out her home country was banning her film Rafiki, just as it had been selected for the Cannes Film Festival because of LGBT themes. Director Kahiu and several of her fellow Kenyan artists are fighting back, filing a lawsuit against the Film Classification Board, demanding change.
China Is Buying African Media’s Silence
Journalist Azad Essa tried to write about Chinese oppression in a South African paper, only later to be told that article would not be uploaded online. “I had, it would appear, veered into a nonnegotiable arena that struck at the very heart of China’s propaganda efforts in Africa.”
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